Ph.D. University of Utah
M.A. San Diego State University
B.S. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
As a member of the Environmental Studies Department, I teach a variety of courses in human geography, all of which revolve around trying to understand the ways in which people relate to the human and nonhuman worlds around us. In addition to an introductory course in human geography, I also teach courses in urban geography, political ecology, and social science research methods. In the past, I have taught courses on the development of wilderness in the U.S., the social science of leisure, outdoor education and leadership, and a graduate seminar on qualitative research methods. Outside of academia, I have been an instructor and staff trainer for Outward Bound for more than a decade, mostly in Washington and Alaska, where I still lead courses in mountaineering and sea kayaking.
In terms of research, I have pursued a diverse set of questions to critically examine issues of public space, connection to place, and non-normative behaviors. As a critical scholar, I engage a justice-focused lens to a variety of settings: homelessness in parks; outdoor education; illegal marijuana production on federal lands; and place attachment in protected areas. My research typically uses qualitative methods and focuses on systemic inequalities that are displayed through race, class, political economy, and relationships to nature.
Outside of teaching and research, I enjoy a variety of backcountry activities, including rock and ice climbing, backpacking, skiing, and canyoneering. Lately I've been getting into distance running and urban farming.